Republic of Yu-Xia

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Republic of Yu-Xia
flag
Flag
Yu-Xian New Coat of Arms.svg
Coat of arms

Anthem
Song to the Auspicious Cloud
Capital city西京(Xijing) - Western Capital
Official language(s)English, Chinese, Spanish, French
Official religion(s)Christianity, Atheism
Short nameYu-Xia
DemonymXian
GovernmentConstitutional Monarchy/Federal Republic
- 皇帝(Emperor)Matthew Xia
- 总理(Prime Minister)Lily Larson
Legislature国民议会(National Assembly)
- Type - Bicameral
Established3 February 2020
Area claimed18 Acres
Population22
CurrencyXian Yuan
Time zonePacific Standard Time (UTC -8)
Pacific Daylight Time (UTC -7)
National sportMartial Arts
National dishRice and Noodles
National drinkMaruchan Instant Noodle Broth
National animalDragon
This nation is a member of the Cupertino Alliance

The Republic of Yu-Xia, more commonly known as Yu-Xia, is a micronation located in San Diego, United States. The nation was first established on 3 February 2020, when the Emperor, Matthew I, left the Altearn Federation to form the Yu-Xia Republic. The nation is a constitutional monarchy, with the 皇帝(Emperor) acting as a figurehead and the head of foreign affairs. As of right now, Yu-Xia is split into seven municipalities and one Special Administrative Region.

Etymology

The term "Yu-Xia" was first coined by Emperor Matthew I, with the "Yu" part of the name representing the Chinese legend Yu the Great, the alleged founder of the Xia Dynasty and the "Xia" part to honour the somewhat mythical Xia dynasty.

History

Foundation

Yu-Xia was founded on 3 February 2020 by Matthew Xia under the name of the Republic of Yu-Xia, which started as a provisional monarchial state with many of the intended democratic positions being appointed by the Emperor. During this time period, the nation grew rapidly with many residents in the local area gaining citizenship and the expansion of land claims to encompass more of the local area. On 29 March 2020 Yu-Xia held its first election for the position of Prime Minister and five seats within the now-defunct 委员会(Council). This election marked the formal introduction of democracy into Yu-Xia and the de facto adoption of the First Constitution into the country. However, over the course of the next month, activity within the nation began to wane with several of the Council members becoming idle or outright leaving the position without notice. This period of dormancy is what lead Matthew Xia to rewrite a second draft of the Constitution in early May.

Second Provisional State

On 7 May 2020, the Emperor ratified a second constitution which introduced major political reforms to the Republic. One of the most predominant changes, out of many, was allowing non-local residents to gain citizenship within Yu-Xia, under the classification as a global citizen. Additionally, to properly represent the interests of both local residents and global citizens, commonly referred to as "locals" and "globals", the 委员会(Council) was dissolved and subsequently replaced by the 国民议会(National Assembly), the current bicameral legislature consisting of the 地方理事会(Local Council) and 全球理事会(Global Council). To represent both groups within the nation, the Local and Global Councils are made up solely of local residents and global citizens respectively. However, each council was not structured using the same system, as the Local Council consists of all local residents within Yu-Xia while the positions within the Global Council are intended to be elected by democratic means. Originally, these changes did not change the inactive state of the nation, as the current Prime Minister had to appoint citizens to the Global Council, but eventually, the aforementioned reforms began to spark and grow an active global base for Yu-Xia, bringing in new citizens and ideas into the nation.

Diplomatic Era

Politics

The Republic of Yu-Xia is a unitary government with a presidential system and a constitutional monarchy titled the 皇帝(Emperor). The head of state of Yu-Xia is called the 总理(Prime Minister), even though the country technically operates by a presidential system. The current Emperor and Prime Minister of Yu-Xia is Matthew Xia, though he will not seek re-election for the Prime Minister position for the next election period due to concerns over royalty being involved in politics. The legislative power in Yu-Xia is vested within the 国民议会(National Assembly), a bicameral legislature consisting of the 地方理事会(Local Council) and 全球理事会(Global Council). The powers of each major governmental body within Yu-Xia are outlined in the Constitution of the Republic of Yu-Xia, the main document of the country. The constitution can only be amended with a 2/3 majority vote in both Councils of the National Assembly and the approval of the Prime Minister, which cannot be overridden. The political system within the Republic of Yu-Xia takes much inspiration from the political rule within the United States and certain elements from Dynastic China.

Government

Being a constitutional monarchy, the Emperor acts as the monarch and the head of state of the Republic of Yu-Xia, with limited powers within the government of Yu-Xia. The monarch has significant power over the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and also any legislation regarding foreign affairs passed by the National Assembly. Additionally, for an offensive declaration of war to be declared, the Emperor must approve the declaration of war to make it official. The monarch is officially the chief diplomat within Yu-Xia and is also considered to be one of the most influential figures within the country, responsible for the foundation and most of the legislation passed within Yu-Xia holding a seat on the Local Council of the National Assembly.

A CESE infographic showing Zarel Smith winning the 5th Global Council Seat on June 2020

Legislative power within the Republic of Yu-Xia is held within the National Assembly, a bicameral legislature consisting of two legislative bodies. The first house of the National Assembly is the Local Council, and the second house being the Global Council. As the names imply, the Local Council represents the local body of citizens living near or within the territory of Yu-Xia and the Global Council represents the global body of citizens who do not live near the territory of Yu-Xia. However, the Local Council consists of every local citizen in Yu-Xia while the Global Council consists of elected representatives who are considered global citizens. The National Assembly can pass legislation through bills, which must have a 51% majority within both Councils and approval from the Prime Minister or in specific cases the Emperor. However, the National Assembly may overturn a veto from the Prime Minister or Emperor with a 2/3 majority in both houses. All legislation passed by the National Assembly must also abide by the Constitution of the Republic of Yu-Xia.

The Prime Minister, although in a presidential system, acts as the head of government and chief executive of the Republic of Yu-Xia. The Prime Minister is typically elected through a democratic vote via an approval voting system and also acts as the second-highest diplomat of Yu-Xia, below just the Emperor. The Prime Minister also has the duty to appoint a cabinet to head each ministry aside from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and to appoint a Deputy Prime Minister to act as the Head of State if the Prime Minister were to be unavailable for an extended period of time. The Prime Minister also has the power to veto bills passed by the National Assembly and cast executive orders, an order by the Prime Minister which goes into effect with the force of law. A Prime Minister's veto and executive order though can both be overridden with a 2/3 supermajority within both houses of the National Assembly.

Foreign relations

The Republic of Yu-Xia is a part of the following organizations and alliances:

The Republic of Yu-Xia has unilateral recognition with the following nations:

A Mutual Recognition Treaty between the Republic of Yu-Xia and the Kingdom of Ikonia signed on 12 August 2020.

The Republic of Yu-Xia has bilateral recognition with the following nations:

Yu-Xia has also signed the Vancouver Agreement, however, the Vancouver Agreement is currently being worked on by the Cupertino Alliance.

Military

The current military, the Yu-Xia Protectorate Division, is still under development and is currently conscripting(voluntarily) citizens into the army. In the Jiang Province, however, a Special Administrative Region, a separate military force known as the UBS is the official military of this Special Administrative Region.

The chain of command of the Yu-Xia Protectorate Division goes as following:

  1. 國防部長 - Guó Fáng Bù Zhǎng (Minister of Defense)
  2. 上将 - Shang Jiang (General)
  3. 中尉 - Zhong Wei (Lieutenant)
  4. 学员 - Xue Yuan (Officer Cadet)
  5. 中士 - Zhong Shi (Sergeant)
  6. 列兵 - Lie Bing (Private)

The chain of command of the UBS in the Jiang Province is for the time being classified.

Geography and climate

Geography

View of a residential area in the Jiang Special Autonomous Region located in Eastern Yu-Xia

The topography of Yu-Xia consists of a relatively flat area aside from a low ridge extending from 北埃利霍(North Elijo) to 科伦(Kelun), splitting the country into two topographical regions. The western border of the republic encompasses the whole Pacific coastline of Yu-Xia, whilst the western parts of the northern and southern borders are surrounded by two wetlands, respectively classified as lagoons. The western coastline of Yu-Xia consists mostly of ocean bluffs, with sandy beaches in front of the coastal foothill ridges. Yu-Xia is very urbanized and developed, with much of the landscape being covered with infrastructure, however, there is an ample amount of nature and parks within the country.

Climate

The Republic of Yu-Xia is located in San Diego, which is classified as a semi-arid climate on the Köppen climate classification.[21] Yu-Xia has a very mild, Mediterranean climate and is situated next to the coastline of Southern California. The average daily high temperature is 72 °F (22 °C). Temperatures below 40 °F (4 °C) and above 85 °F (29 °C) are rare. The average rainfall is about 14 inches (360 mm) per year. The wet season lasts during the winter and spring when temperatures are usually cool. Average daytime temperatures hit 65 °F in winter and spring when rain and marine layer (fog) are common (May Gray/June Gloom). Nighttime lows range from 45-55 °F. The dry season lasts from summer through fall, with average daytime temperatures ranging from 75-85 °F, and nighttime lows being from the upper 50s–60s°F. Ocean water temperatures average 60 °F in winter, 64 °F in spring, 70 °F in summer, and 66 °F in fall. In winter, strong Pacific storms can bring heavy rain.

Climate data for Republic of Yu-Xia
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 20
(68)
19
(66)
20
(68)
21
(70)
22
(72)
24
(75)
26
(79)
27
(81)
27
(81)
25
(77)
22
(72)
20
(68)
27
(81)
Average low °C (°F) 8
(46)
9
(48)
10
(50)
12
(54)
14
(57)
16
(61)
18
(64)
19
(66)
18
(64)
15
(59)
11
(52)
8
(46)
8
(46)
Average Precipitation mm (inches) 68
(2.68)
69
(2.72)
68
(2.68)
21
(0.83)
3
(0.12)
1
(0.04)
1
(0.04)
1
(0.04)
1
(0.04)
15
(0.59)
51
(2.01)
61
(2.4)
360
(14.17)
Source: Partir[22]

Culture

Holidays
Date Name
1 January New Year's Day
3 February Independence Day
12 February Start of Chinese New Year(Ox)
6 April Start of Tomb Sweeping Festival
25 June Start of Dragon Boat Festival
25 December Christmas

The Republic of Yu-Xia, while heavily based around Eastern, specifically Chinese, cultures and traditions, maintains a distinctly American culture alongside its Eastern values, being an enclave within the United States of America. The primary language of Yu-Xia is English, though many residents are currently studying a second language, the most common ones being Spanish, Chinese, and French. Both American and Chinese holidays and traditions alike are integral to the Yu-Xian culture, with holidays such as Christmas and the Lunar New Year being celebrated widely throughout the nation. The national dish and drink of rice and noodles and Maruchan Instant Noodle Broth respectively were chosen mainly by the Emperor's fondness for the food and drink, however the national dish is widely consumed within Yu-Xia and is viewed as a staple food within the nation.

Logo of the Xijing Morning Post

Media

The Republic of Yu-Xia has a relatively large news presence for its small size, with the Xijing Morning Post, the largest news publication site within Yu-Xia, receiving over 200 unique visitors in 2021, around five times the size of the current Yu-Xian population. Other news publications include the New Victoria Times, a news agency located within the Yu-Xian colony of New Victoria and formerly the Yu-Xian Gazette, which was the precursor to the now-defunct Micronational Gazette. Additionally, there are also a handful of private Youtube channels made by Yu-Xian citizens, the most popular creator being "UBS Guy", run independently by Deputy Prime Minister Nathan Jiang.

A completed game of online chess between two local residents during a Game Night in Early March of 2021.

Sport and Games

While the national sport of Yu-Xia is martial arts, as a nod to the historical combative arts of East Asia, there are only a handful of practitioners of various martial arts within the nation, including the Emperor Matthew Xia. There is also a small body of cross-country and track runners, though the most popular types of sport and games are typically not physically demanding. Common sports played within Yu-Xia include chess and e-gaming, those being popular video game such as Minecraft, Stardew Valley, etc. On most weekends a game night is hosted by the Yu-Xian Minister of Culture, currently Ezri Ambriz, a tradition that has been ongoing since November 2020. Other sports which are played amongst some citizens are basketball, golf, and additionally volleyball.

Economy

The economy of the Republic of Yu-Xia is quite small, with a Gross Domestic Product of around 7.60 USD. However, the private sector is rapidly emerging, with a company being formed recently in Mid-January named Cosmos 3D and being officially registered by the Board of Treasury on 24 January 2021[23]. The recently-passed Yu-Xian Economic Reform Act was also an attempt by the government to manage and incentivize economic growth via the establishment of the Board of Treasury, which saw some success with the registration of Cosmos 3D.

References

  1. Grand Unified Micronational (13 October 2020) [1]
  2. Xia, Matthew (16 August 2020) Yu-Xian - Carthian Treaty of Friendship and Recognition
  3. Lycon, Jayden (29 April 2020) Cupertino Alliance Diplomatic Extension Act, 2020
  4. Xia, Matthew (5 May 2020) Yu-Xian - Aenderian Treaty of Mutual Recognition
  5. Xia, Matthew (27 May 2020) Yu-Xian - Misberian Treaty of Mutual Recognition
  6. Xia, Matthew (16 August 2020) Yu-Xian Essexian Treaty of Mutual Recognition
  7. Xia, Matthew (16 August 2020) Yu-Xian Treaty of Cooperation
  8. Xia, Matthew (16 August 2020) Yu-Xian - Sunsonia Treaty of Mutual Recognition
  9. Xia, Matthew (16 August 2020) Yu-Xian - Ikonian Treaty of Mutual Recognition
  10. Xia, Matthew (16 August 2020) Yu-Xian - Aenopian Treaty of Mutual Recognition
  11. Xia, Matthew (16 August 2020) Yu-Xian - Nordikan Treaty of Mutual Recognition
  12. Xia, Matthew (25 November 2020) Yu-Xian - Leonslian Treaty of Mutual Recognition
  13. Xia, Matthew (25 November 2020) Yu-Xian Naverian Treaty of Mutual Recognition
  14. Xia, Matthew (25 November 2020) Yu-Xian - Swivian Treaty of Mutual Recognition
  15. Xia, Matthew (25 November 2020) Treaty of Support and Cooperation Between Vlasynia and Yu-Xia
  16. Xia, Matthew (25 November 2020) Yu-Xian - Atlian Treaty of Mutual Recognition
  17. Xia, Matthew (25 November 2020) Yu-Xian - Matachewanian Treaty of Mutual Recognition
  18. Xia, Matthew (25 November 2020) Treaty of Mutual Recognition Between the Republic of Nordale and the Republic of Yu-Xia
  19. Xia, Matthew (25 November 2020) Yu-Xian - Australissian Treaty of Mutual Recognition
  20. Xia, Matthew (29 December 2020) - Yu-Xian - Saspeariard Treaty of Mutual Recognition
  21. Weather Atlas (n.d.) Monthly weather forecast and climate San Diego, CA
  22. Partir.com (n.d.) Climat, température et météo à San Diego.
  23. Xia, Matthew (30 January 2021) First Company Officially Registered Under Yu-Xia, National Economy Soars